Clint Eastwood once ran for mayor of a small town in California. Part of his campaign platform was overturning a ban on ice cream parlours. He won.
It was from 1986 to 1988 that he was mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea in California, where he was in office for just one term. In his campaign to win the election, there was a strange law that meant no one was allowed to eat ice cream on the streets in public in the city he was mayor of. Strangely enough, he used the repeal of this law as a campaigning method to boost business, as well as a way to make the ties between businesses and residents ever stronger.
It’s thought that the reason for the ban on ice cream parlours was to do with the ice cream stands consuming too much water whilst in a drought. This caused the tourist town to have scrutiny from around the world. His campaign for businesses did not stop there though, and he advocated environmental protection, as well as adding public restrooms, walkways along the beach and a parking lot just for tourists! He also was later appointed to the California State Park and Recreation Commission, and then also led the opposition against an extension of a state road which would’ve cut through a large beach.
His ties to the small town are strong, and before he became mayor, he actually owned his own English-inspired pub called ‘Hog’s Breath Inn’ which he later sold to a Hotel which is still standing.
However, Clint Eastwood’s fame is not limited to being mayor in this small tourist town. He has had many other roles over the years including being a musician, actor, producer and film director! As well as believing that ice cream parlours should not be banned, his other political views include him being pro-choice on matters of abortion, and endorsing same-sex marriage.